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Less than zero
by Bret Easton Ellis | Literature & Fiction
Registered by jessidee of Eatonton, Georgia USA on 6/30/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by jessidee from Eatonton, Georgia USA on Monday, June 30, 2008

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Less Than Zero is an astonishing first novel - this decade's Catcher in the Rye - by a twenty-year-old writer. Set in affluent Los Angeles, it is a raw and powerful portrayal of a generation of young people who have experienced sex, drugs, and disaffection at too early an age. Its narrator, Clay, comes home to Los Angeles for Christmas vacation, following his first semester at an Eastern college. Trying to make sense of the life he left behind, he renews his ties to his old girlfrien, Blair; to Trent, a male model; to Rip, his dealer; and, most tragically, to Julian, Clay's best friend from high school, who has got into trouble with drugs. Clay's holiday turns into a dizzying spiral of desperation that takes him through the rich suburban homes, the relentless parties, the seedy bars, the glitzy rock clubs, and the seamy underworld of pornography and homosexual prostitution. A shocking coming-of-age novel about the casual nihilism that comes with youth and money, Less Than Zero marks the stunning debut of the first voice of a new generation."

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